9-12-2019 UU Church of Utica Newsletter
Secretary's office hours are Tuesday 8 AM- 12PM and Thursday 8:30-11:30 AM. Please send enews information to her at no later than Tuesday morning 9:30 AM
Highlights this week
  • Looking for Volunteers for Fall Festival 
  • New Member Profile - Carol Gable
  • Monk Rowe to receive "Living Legend" award
 Services 10:30 AM 
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

September 15, 2019  "Standing in our Truth”  Rev. Janet Stemmer  
The mystic David Hawkins stated that the moment Mahatma Gandhi stood in his truth, the British Empire became destined to fail.  So too, when we stand in our own truth, we can expect obstacles to transform.

Religious Education programming will begin this Sunday.
Music Coordinator,
Bob Ford
Choir Director, Melissa Barlett
Hospitality, Jackie Leisos & Need volunteer
Greeters, Aaron & Melissa Shupp, Clara & Henry

September 22, 2019 Shifting Sands” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
Sometimes, it feels as though what we know of the world and people exists as shifting sands, constantly changing and transforming. How do we open our minds and hearts to keep up with the change?
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Choir Director, Melissa Barlett
Hospitality, Lisa Lemieux & Need volunteer
Greeters, Roz Kearney & Branwen Drew

September 29, 2019 “Open to the New” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
As our Jewish siblings welcome the new year this week, Rosh Hashanah, we will explore the ways in which our expectations can change when we open ourselves to newness.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Choir Director, Melissa Barlett

Church Activities/Events

September 23rd, 6-7:30PM New UU Class (1 of 3)
Learn about UUism and our congregation. See more below.

September 28th, 10AM - 4PM Fall Festival and Craft Fair!
Still looking for a vendors, food trucks, and community organizations to join us! Sign-up at this link:

October 5th, Installation Service for Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
See invitation below.
Church Announcements
The secretary is now back in her office.Please send items for the enews to her at Thank you.

New UU Class
If your new to Unitarian Universalism, or a long-time Unitarian Universalist but new to our congregation, we invite you to attend the New UU Class. Learn about UUism, the history of our congregation, how we do things here, and what it means to become a member. Rev. Erin will lead this class over three Monday nights, 6-7:30, September 23, September 30, and October 14. We will hold a ceremony during the church service on October 20 to welcome new members. Email Rev. Erin ( to let her know you plan to attend.

School Supplies Collection: September
Sanctuary Basket Collection - school supplies! This is the third year collecting for the children at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Notebooks, paper, binders, pencils, pens, erasers, pencil cases, crayons, markers, sharpeners, backpacks, rulers etc., are all needed to keep basic classroom supplies available for all children. This partnership with teachers/staff, who often purchase supplies for the classroom out of their own pockets, allows students to fully participate in classroom learning experiences. Your generosity and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated by the staff and the kids. Let's help kickoff another successful school year. Together we make a difference! 

Fall Festival September 28
The Fall Festival is one of three major fundraisers overseen by the Fundraising Committee during the church calendar year. The Task Force has done a great job to date and quite a few vendors are already lined up. However, more volunteers are needed. If you can work one of the shifts on the day of the festival contact Ken 
Drake or call him at 703-423-9321 to volunteer your time or to get more information about the festival. 
At the Sunday service September 15th, posters for the festival will be available. Can you help put a few up around your community?

Use this link to RSVP
Volunteers Needed for Rev. Erin's Installation
We are looking for volunteers to help with church decorations and food preparation for Rev. Erin’s installation service which will be held on October 5th at the church. If you are interested in either, please contact Kim Bywater, Jack Pendrak, or Brenda Sears for details. Please help if you can.

New Member Profile
Carol Gable

Carol Gable was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital, spending her childhood as a member of a military family living in Maryland, Japan, California. A graduate of Frostburg State University, Carol’s degree in accounting has taken her to Missoula, Montana; Middlebury,Vermont; Canton, New York and most recently to Clinton, where she is currently associate VP for Finance at Hamilton College. She has two grown sons who live out of the area.
Carol’s involvement with the Unitarian Universalist Church dates back to her days in Montana. When she was in Canton, she served as RE teacher, youth advisor, chair of the RE Committee, trustee, treasurer, member of the Investment Committee, and co-chair of the Environmental Action Committee. She led the church's effort to become a green sanctuary church and served on the UUA Audit Committee for six years.
Carol is currently a member of our church’s Worship Committee and actively promotes clean energy through her community involvement. One of her passions is climate change. She makes environmental action and social justice personal priorities.
Carol’s favorite hymn is Spirit of Life and some of her favorite activities are reading, running, kayaking, skiing, and hiking. 

Monk Rowe to receive 2019 Richard W. Couper Living Legend Award.
Rowe will be inducted alongside Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, retired O-D president and publisher Donna Donovan, beloved bakery and restaurant owners Segean and Mary Ann Karam, and Oneida County Legislator Ed Welsh. The Oneida County History Center will honor these outstanding individuals for their commitment to the community at the Historical Hall of Fame & Living Legends Awards Banquet to be held at Hart's Hill Inn on Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00 pm. Call 315-735-3642 for tickets.

September sanctuary basket will be for home and school paper supplies; pens, pencils, pocket folders, calculators, home filing folders, organizing materials for students and adults. Our goal is to fill the basket.

We always collect non-perishable foods in the kitchen.
See our current items collected here! 

Rev. Erin's Office hours are
1-4 PM, Tuesdays or by appointment. Rev. Erin is off on Fridays. 
Rev Erin's week of in September is: the 9th through the 15th.

Have a question about a business or procedural issue? Check the FAQ here!

oard Minutes
Committee Minutes 
Our Greater UU World
Click here for information from the Central East Region on other activities available for various aspects of UU life and ministry!

October 25-26, 2019, New York State Convention of Universalists, 193rd Annual Meeting/Conference, Rochester NY.
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. See Flyer here.
From Black Lives of UU 

The Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium is Oct 30 - Nov 2 in Saint Paul, MN. If you've ever been in BLUU space before, you know that magic happens every time. For the first time, BLUU is hosting a gathering that is open to all. And while everyone is welcome to participate in the Symposium, we are prioritizing spaces for Black people, Indigenous people and People of Color, so register now!

Learn more here.

From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in. Send in necessary details of events and links to external sites for more information.
See Church Calendar Here 
Double click on Worship to see service details

Ongoing Church Usage:

   1st week, House Committee meets after service (P)
   2nd week, Social Action/Green Sanctuary 12 PM (P)
   3rd week Small Spiritual Group 12-2 PM (P); Mohawk Valley Lyme Support Group* 2-4 PM (P)                          
   4th week, Climate Action Sub Committee 11:45 AM (P)


   1st week, Worship Committee, 6:30 PM (P)  
   2nd week, Communications meeting 6 PM (P)          
   3rd week, Finance Meeting 5 PM (P); Board Meeting 6:15 PM (P)
   Last week, Lunch Bunch 1 PM at different locations                                                                  

   All weeks, Buddhist Zen Meditation* 6 PM (S)         

   All weeks, (not 5th wk), A Course in Miracles 7-8:30 p.m. (P)


   All, Heart Rhythm Meditation 8:30 AM with Jack Pendrak
   1st & 3rd weeks, IONS 10-11:30 PM (P)
   2nd week MV Bonsai Club* 1-3 PM (RE); SAGE Pot Luck* 5-9 PM (S)
   3rd week, Caps 4 Cancer* 10:30 AM-12 PM (S)
S – Sanctuary, P– Parlor, RE – Religious Ed Room
*Not church affiliated
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